, a leading British Tier One supplier of automotive structures and complete vehicle assemblies to some of the world’s leading OEMs in the automotive, transport and off-highway markets, has established Streamline Automotive, a new division to meet the rapidly growing demand from premium OEMs, specialist brands and e-mobility start-ups for low- to medium-volume manufacturing and ‘clean build assembly services’.
Customers of the new division will also benefit from Fablink Technologies, the advanced engineering hub at the heart of the Group that ‘provides full backing to customer engineering teams from first concept study to full-scale manufacture’, including product development, prototyping, tooling and design-for-manufacture support.
Streamline Automotive will also feature the sub-brand Streamline E-Mobility, which will help support the mass shift to electrification in the automotive and commercial vehicle sectors by providing EV companies, start-ups, and e-mobility companies a competitive turnkey manufacturing solution for mixed material architecture including body panels, lightweight chassis and bonded structures as well as complete vehicle assembly.
Fablink Group’s breadth and depth of manufacturing facilities span six UK-based sites and over 500,000ft2
of manufacturing space that is home to over 700 highly skilled professionals. The name ‘Streamline’ has strong heritage within Fablink Group.
Alan Westley — the grandfather of Richard Westley, Fablink Group’s founder and CEO — gave the name ‘Streamline’ to his sheet metal business, which he founded with his brother, George, in 1941. Streamline supplied panels, bodies and structures to the aviation and automotive sectors.
Richard Westley said: “We are delighted to launch Streamline Automotive – a new division of Fablink Group that is dedicated to specialist low- to medium-volume contract vehicle manufacturing and assembly. The launch of the new division is a logical step for Fablink Group following 15 years of continuous growth and the development of our engineering and manufacturing capability and OEM customer base.
“We are seeing rapidly growing demand in the market, including new business enquiries from specialist car companies and EV and e-mobility start-ups which, in the absence of a manufacturing base of their own, increasingly require lightweight, energy-efficient, cost-effective and cutting-edge manufacturing and clean build solutions for their new vehicles and products.”